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Draft water resources planning guideline

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The Environment Agency (UK) is carrying out the following consultion:

Water companies are required by law to prepare and revise their 25 year water resources management plans every five years. Since the last round of plans were completed, they have worked with the English and Welsh Governments, Ofwat and the water industry to review and improve the guideline that companies must follow in preparing their plans.  Companies will be required to follow the guideline when producing their new plans in 2014.

 

Restoring urban brooks - a new guide on the restoration of brooks in urban areas

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Finnish Environment Institute has published a new guide "Restoring urban brooks". Targetted at planners and decision makers in the field of land use planning, environmental assessment, green areas and construction the guide offers a versatile information package on the restoration of small water bodies in densely populated areas.

http://www.ymparisto.fi/download.asp?contentid=134697&lan=fi

(in Finnish with English and Swedish abstracts)

Restoring Rivers by Restoring Flooding

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Brian Richter of The Nature Conservancy and University of Virginia in Water Currents

 

 

'The Army Corps of Engineers is making floods' says Brian Richter. See full article on the National Geographic website.

 

It’s true.  I’ve seen them doing it.  They’ve been doing it for years.  And it’s a very good thing for fish, frogs, mussels, wetlands, and local communities that depend on the bounty of healthy river systems and estuaries for their livelihoods and economies.

 

As part of a decade-long partnership called the Sustainable Rivers Project, the Corps and The Nature Conservancy are collaborating in eight river basins across the U.S. to modify dam operations for the benefit of downstream river and estuary health.  In five of those basins – the Savannah River in Georgia and South Carolina, the Green River of Kentucky, the Bill Williams River of Arizona, the Big Cypress Bayou of Texas, and the Willamette River in Oregon – the Corps is releasing ‘designer floods’ from their dams.

You may be surprised to learn that floods can be good for people and nature.  That’s not what you hear from a media fixated on death and destruction — and to be sure, big floods like last year’s on the Mississippi provide plenty of those stories.

 

But river scientists hold a different – or at least a more balanced — perspective of floods.

RESTORE – the case study repository is coming…

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What is this about? – This article intends to provide readers with an update on the RESTORE river restoration case study repository. Our aim is to create something like a Wikipedia for river restoration projects. By sharing and being able to comment on information about the experiences of river restoration in Europe, ideas for best practice will quickly emerge.This will be achieved by the creation of public website hosting restoration shared knowledge in the form of reference documents, best practice guidance and a repository of case studies.

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